Whether you're grilling burgers, hot dogs, chicken, ribs, or even pizza, keep these tips in mind as you fire up your grill to celebrate this Independence Day:
To help keep food from sticking to the grill grate, oil the grate and the food just before putting it on the grill. Avoid cooking sprays because the aerosols could cause a fire.
Always use tongs, not forks or knives, to turn meats on the grill. Pointed implements could puncture the meat and releases the juices.
Turn food on the grill only as often as absolutely necessary. If the food sticks to the grill, you’ve tried to turn it too soon, so give it more time and then try again; don’t try to peal it from the grate to turn it.
If you are cooking in or on foil, be sure to use heavy-duty foil or a double layer of regular foil to hold up to the heat. If you’re cooking on foil, be sure the foil is at least 1 inch larger than what you’re grilling. If you’re cooking in a packet of foil, don’t wrap it too tightly because the steam needs space to escape.
When cooking beef it is best to start with high heat and then lower it, resulting in a beautifully cooked exterior and moist interior.
If you’re adding sauce, do so at the end of cooking or it may burn.
Care for your grill after every use by scraping the grate with a good bristle brush. If you’re using a charcoal grill, be sure to sift out the ashes.
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